2016 YUSU Elections: President Candidate – Habib Nassar

Credit: YUSU
Credit: YUSU


Habib Nassar is running for Union President. He believes in community, liberty and empowerment. He has lots of experience to offer due to involvement with a number of societies.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I study Electronics & Communications Engineering. My current positions include President of the Palestinian Solidarity Society.

What inspired you to run for YUSU President?

Running for this position has been something I’ve been thinking about for a while. I’m really passionate about changing our union to make it more engaging with students. I want to give back to students at York and provide them with a platform that empowers them and gives them a stronger sense of community, liberty and empowerment for the best student experience possible.

Why do you think you’re the right candidate for the job?

I have a lot of experience in working with societies and colleges that enables me to identify concrete changes that can be made to YUSU to make it more supportive of students. I’ve been elected president of the Palestinian Solidarity Society for two years running and I was the International Welfare Rep for Vanbrugh College JCRC. Both of these also involved me organising and running many large-scale events.

I was also heavily involved in a successful referendum that managed to change YUSU policy and that won Campaign on the Year in the YUSU Awards.

Which of your policies are you most excited about?

In terms of excitement I think the Northern universities network would be up there. However, that’s not to say that it’s the most important. I also really prioritise improving mental health services on campus.

If you could change just one thing about the way the University works, what would it be?

For it to give more funding to its students’ union because it should do more to support representation, extracurricular activities and welfare.

Who do you think is your biggest competition?

I think all of the candidates this year are big competition to be honest. It’s going to be an interesting race.

The YUSU Candidates Debate will be held at the Lounge on the 14th February.

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Laura Cox

News Editor 2015/2016.